Sunday, March 30, 2014

Bitter sweet, that's all folks.

Today is always a bitter sweet day for me. It's nice to be turning the page on another great season here at Brimacombe but I am also sad that it is over. This has been one of the best weather years that I can remember, sure we were challenged at the beginning with a major ice storm shutting us down for a weekend just prior to Christmas and we had a high number of bitterly cold days, but we also had record snowfalls and sun producing many spectacular "blue bird" days on the slopes. We ran 87 operational days this year that's 12 more than last year and we are closing on the same weekend. The decision to close was once again made based on the numbers of members and guests we have been seeing out the last three weeks rather than snow conditions...we still have loads of snow however the bulk of our membership has spoken through their attendance -people have had enough. That said today was a stellar day, great attendance, loads of sunshine and my favorite event of the season..the Puddle Jump. Its great to end on a high note and I want to personally thank all of you for being a part of a season that we will talk about for many many years.

We took thousands of photos today at the puddle jump and will be uploading a bunch of them to our Facebook page today and over the next few days. I'll share a few with you here in the blog;

If you have any pictures or videos would like to share with us we would love to see them...especially GoPro videos. By sending these photos you are giving us permission to publish or use them online, in our publications or through other ways of sharing.

I'd like to thank our Management team and staff (over 350 of them!) for all of their hard work and dedication this season....You all rock, you are the face of Brimacombe!

As I hear "Last ride" being called over the radio's for the very last time this season, all I can think to write is "It's been another great season in paradise",



Saturday, March 15, 2014

The SUN is a little warmer

It's about providing the opportunity, not taking the opportunity,
It's about the response we get when we ask someone how their day has been,
It's about the sounds of laughter and animated conversation filling the chalet over lunch,
It's about the look on a child's face when they take their first run, or first ride up a chairlift,
It's about the names and faces we collect in our memories each year,
It's about the people.

We have truly been blessed this season -ample snow, higher than average days of clear blue sky, perfect snow conditions in spite of some less than perfect weather events and a fantastic number of visitors to our slopes. March break this year resembled the march breaks of 20 years ago and included a healthy percentage of brand new skiers and snowboarders. I took some time the other day and stood at the bottom of the Main Street chair talking to people. If there is any single reward to our work out here it is the reward of hearing people rave about their day with us. To hear people who have never skied or snowboarded...or have not done it in decades say "We WILL be back" shows us that we have done our job.  

If you weren't at Brimacombe this March Break, here's a look at what you missed.


Brimacombe has changed to Spring Hours of Operation effective Sunday, March 9. The following are our tentative hours of operation for the remainder of the season, weather and snow conditions permitting.
As of March 9, all Night Season Passes will be accepted any night Brimacombe is open.
Please check back regularly for any updates or call the snowline...905.983.SNOW/1.877.672.2582

Monday, March 10         9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 11        9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12    9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 13       9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, March 14           9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 15       9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 16         9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 18        9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19    9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 20       9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, March 21           9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 22       9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 23         9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

Wednesday, March 26    9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  

Saturday, March 29       9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 30         9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



Join us as we end the season with a SPLASH!

We may be winding down, but it's not over yet! Get in some more "down time" before we start complaining about the heat!

It's been another day in Paradise,



Saturday, March 8, 2014

It's March Break!

March break is upon us and there is a hint of spring in the air. The temperature rose above zero today and I caught a hint of "that smell" in the air. It's a rich earth smell, like the trees have exhaled.

Join us all week and take advantage of our stellar conditions, we are open everyday with Monday to Friday day time (9am to 4:30pm) lift tickets remaining at our unbeatable price of just $22 plus hst. We will be open this week for night skiing on Wednesday March 12th and Saturday March 15th. As our operational hours have now changed for the season be sure to visit our website, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to keep in the loop...we are aiming to remain open until the end of March.  

The Brimacombe Ski Racing Club is running their annual Intro to Ski Racing program over the next couple of days. This is the biggest group of participants yet and they all had a blast today.

Everything in the Slopeside Skis and Boards retail store is on Final Sale...there is no better time to find great deals on great equipment. Don't forget, every dollar spent here stays here and helps support our Not-For-Profit business.

Check out our Skilogik line...beautifully crafted wood skis that are pure ART...and they perform as good as they look!

The Canadian Association of Disabled Skiers -Durham Chapter runs a successful 8 week program here at Brimacombe each winter. It's great to see that everyone can enjoy our sport. This weekend a group of fine folks are working hard to get certified as CADS instructors.

It's been another day in Paradise,